Now-former House Speaker John Boehner says that he came to Washington to fight for a smaller, less costly and more accountable government, and now that he’s leaving the House, that still hasn’t happened.
“I began to realize over the years there is no winning this fight,” Boehner said in an interview with Fox News’ Bill Hemmer on Thursday, just after his replacement, Paul Ryan, took the gavel.
The fight has been going on for over 200 years in Washington, he told Hemmer in the interview, which aired on Friday on the network’s “America’s Newsroom” program, and “it will be a constant struggle over how big should Washington be, how much should it take?”
Boehner said his biggest regret for the time he was speaker was the failure to reach the so-called “Grand Bargain,” in 2012, which would have been an agreement with President Barack Obama and congressional leaders to curb spending while reducing the national debt and avoiding sequestration.
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It’s hard to pinpoint exactly when it started, but with Speaker John Boehner’s resignation announcement, there’s no doubt the revolution has begun. Perhaps it was the first time you bookmarked the Drudge Report. Or maybe, when at the Drudge Report, you said: “Who is this Breitbart?” Eric Cantor’s primary loss to Dave Brat was certainly a moment when the revolution was stirring and produced tangible results rather than just internet narrative.
Regardless of when the revolution started, it’s clearly underway.
Family Security Matters
by LAWRENCE SELLIN, PHD
Prior to the 2014 mid-term elections, Reince Priebus, the chairman of the Republican National Committee claimed it’s “un-American” for Barack Obama to consider implementing an executive amnesty for millions of illegal aliens across the country.
Priebus said: “We will do everything we can to make sure it doesn’t happen: Defunding, going to court, injunction. You name it. It’s wrong. It’s illegal. And for so many reasons, and just the basic fabric of this country, we can’t allow it to happen and we won’t let it happen. I don’t know how to be any stronger than that. I’m telling you, everything we can do to stop it we will.”
Given what has transpired since the election, how eagerly the Republican leadership capitulated, if not enthusiastically facilitated the funding and implementation of Obama’s “illegal” executive amnesty; one can easily conclude that Priebus must have known what he was saying was not true or he was completely out of touch with the plans of the Republican Congressional leadership.
I think he was lying to get votes.
Well Mr. Speaker the charade is over. Obama has received just what he wanted and you and Mitch helped him. You can both now get back in line, knee pads in hand, ready to kiss the bony rear of your leader and ask, “What do you want next, Sire?”
A real man once called some of our foes the, “Axis of Evil.” Well I see another axis right here in what is left of America. Between you and McConnell and Obama you are destroying the America you grew up in and it apparently isn’t going to stop. A more ineffective Congress hasn’t been seen in my lifetime (I am 79). Committee meeting after committee and no one has resolved one thing yet, IN SIX YEARS!
The House, led by what has turned out to be led by one of the most two-faced people in Washington, has just turned this country over to illegals, terrorists, and more welfare recipients. I can’t be sure but I believe it was on purpose to appease your donors. This certainly not the actions of any American that believes in this country. I am beginning to think that not only is Obama not American but the so-called leaders we have elected are of the same philosophy. What but any stretch of the imagination can the bill you just passed be good for this country.
This Republican Party has turned into a party of little girls. You are so afraid that someone will say something bad about you that you are willing to sell the CITIZENS of this country down the river. So afraid that you are aiding the Democrats in destroying America daily.
Democrats may be Socialist but I have to give them credit for sticking to what they believe in. Unlike Republicans that put on the charade of doing the right thing only to sell the farm when it comes to actually accomplishing the right thing.
In case you missed it this is one teed off CITIZEN that has given up on hoping that the party I once belonged to for fifty years will in fact do what the CITIZENS want.
The New American
Conservative members of Congress are frustrated with House Speaker John Boehner’s (shown) leadership and are expected to opt for a change on January 6, when the official speaker’s election is held. While this vote is typically just a formality, conservative lawmakers are hoping to use the opportunity to remove the Ohio Republican, who has served as speaker since 2011.
After the November elections, Republicans had decided behind closed doors that they would be nominating Boehner (R-Ohio) for speaker and did not offer any other nominees.
“Rep. Boehner was selected as the House Republican Conference’s choice for Speaker last month,” Boehner aide Michael Steel wrote in an e-mail, “and he expects to be elected by the whole House next week.”
But some of the more conservative members of Congress are not on board. Fox News reports that some “disaffected conservative House Republicans” intend to “rebel and vote against John Boehner for speaker of the House” next month.
“Right now, I’ve been meeting with a small group, and we — about 16, 18 — and we’re hoping to have a name of a sitting member of Congress that we can call out their name,” North Carolina Rep. Walter Jones said in a local radio interview before Christmas.
And while most of those planning to vote against Boehner have remained quiet, some have subtly made their points. Representative Tom Massie (R-Ky.), for example, posted a photo of a sign on his Twitter that reads, “Next Speaker Please.”
Anyone want to float a theory as to why? We all understand that they don’t much care about the suit and talked it up only for the benefit of suckers like you and me, who are outraged at Obama’s continued power grabs. Boehner needed a way to placate his base, if only to channel the anger so that it doesn’t veer towards impeachment demands. He doesn’t want to go down that road, especially with Republicans now set to control both chambers of Congress.
So the lawsuit was a political move, “boob bait” to get us excited before the election. But none of that explains why they’ve held off on filing it. What do they have to lose by following through?